It looks like Spider-verse is going to sweep the Feature Animation category at the NCS Reuben Awards this year, with all three nominees having worked on the groundbreaking film.
You can read my review of it here.
See the rest of the Reuben Award nominees here: http://www.reuben.org/2019/03/2018-ncs-divisional-nominees/
Last night I went to see Spider-man: Into The Spider-Verse. I haven't enjoyed a film so much before. It deserves all the Oscars buzz it's getting.
It isn't often you get to see an artform evolve before your eyes (and in 3D, no less). I usually hate 3D films, but this is a whole new level: they finally figured out how to do it right.
The vision behind this film is incredible. It has everything: It breaks new ground in storytelling using a perfect meld of traditional comic book storytelling (onomatopoeia, multiple split panels, thought bubbles, narration bubbles- and I know it sounds tacky but it's done so well, it's hard to describe) and CGI film animation.
It’s set in the New York I see every day- even though it’s stylised, it’s not idealised. It’s true to the detail of everyday Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The Art, The Comedy, The animation, the editing (so many great comedic cuts) and the voice acting were all brilliant. There were so many great moments in this film I have to go see it again (well played, Sony.)
I had a feeling it would be great, but nowhere near this good. (https://www.jasonchatfield.com/blog/into-the-spider-verse-animation)
I spent my childhood reading Spider-Man comics. I loved everything about the character. I collected the toys, obsessively watch the animated TV series, went to all the movies, good and bad (the 3rd Raimi can't be erased from my brain.. they reference that disaster in this film) - I can say without hesitation, this is the best Spider-man 'anything' that has ever been made. It was one big Spider-man comic on screen, and it was glorious.
The revolutionary new animation techniques and styles were just icing on what was already great writing, great performances and brilliant character and design.
The Stan Lee & Steve Ditko tribute ruined me. 😪
There's a great interview with the Sony Pictures Animation head of character animation, Josh Beveridge here: https://www.awn.com/animationworld/creating-stylized-universe-sonys-spider-man-spider-verse
Go see it.
Keen listener and fan of the show, Chad Lockwood has sent us a cracking take on my Mark Zuckerberg illustration... animated to reflect Mr Z's true form...
My solo show is tomorrow night. I'm nervous about it. I haven't performed it in over 5 years, and watching back over the recording I realised 3 things:
1. I used to speak really, really fast on stage. One might call it gabbling.
2. I need to draw more on stage. (My notes say "Less talky, more scribbly")
3. I have way more grey hair now than when I first did this show. I hope the material translates into 'old'.
If you're still umm-ing and aww-ing about coming, it's probably not for you. But if you want to come, I'd love you to grab a ticket below and come along tomorrow night to watch the show. It's a story I always get asked about and have trouble telling -for several reasons of which become apparent in the show.
If you're wondering what it's about, here's a review of the show from the Herald Sun in 2013.
Serendipitously enough, that same paper in Melbourne ran a feature on my doing Ginger Meggs today (Clipping generously sent by my Melbourne family. Thanks, Chris!). I'm not in love with the clickbaity headline, but I guess you can't write your own press. At least they used a good picture of me...
(Click clickbaity image below to read it.)
This is me right now. Our boiler just went out. It's -11C.
I am sitting here in my apartment in 5 layers, including my puffy jacket, working frantically on a crazy tight animation deadline. I have to keep moving my hand so it doesn't freeze up.
Animated warm-up sketch of Dragon.